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Cinnamon is sweet, pungent, bitter and heating with a pungent vipaka. It pacifies vata and kapha, but may stimulate pitta in excess. It is effective in FOODS FOR HEALING – HERBS 209 digestion, toxic (ama) conditions and improves circulation. It helps to prevent heart attacks owing to its blood thinning properties. 1. For common cold, cough or congestion, mix half teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey. Eat this 2 or 3 times a day. 2. For sinus headache, try half teaspoon cinnamon with sufficient water to make a paste and apply it locally. 3. For diarrhea, half cup yogurt, half teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg taken 2 or 3 times a day may help. 4. To aid poor circulation, lower high cholesterol and relieve asthma, drink a tea of 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon trikatu, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 cup hot water. Steep for 10 minutes. Take twice a day.

1. Gui4 zhi1 Cinnamomum cassia Twak (Gogte:390) cinnamon twig KtM-W V-P=K- Ht Lu Bl gui zhi Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiea cassia twig Family: lauraceae Chinese Energetics: Pungent-Sweet, Warm; Pungent Vipaka, V-P=K- Ayurvedic Energetics: Light-Dry-Sharp; Heart-Lung-Bladder; Rasa, Meda, Shukra (aphrodisiac), Rakta (complexion enhancer), Artava (emmenagogue), Ayurvedic Organ: Heart, Urinary Bladder, Stomach

Gui Zhi Cinnamon Twig Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae

Properties: Acrid Warm Sweet Meridians entered: Heart, Lung, Bladder

Actions: 1) Adjusts the nutritive and protective qi levels (Promotes sweating) 2) Warms the channels and disperses cold (Warms the meridians and enhances the flow of Yang Qi) 3) Unblocks the yang and transforms the qi 4) Warms and facilitates the flow of yang qi 5) Warms and facilitates the flow in the blood vesels acrid warm disperses exterior wind-cold, promotes sweating. lung

acrid enhance Yang Qi heart yang sweet tonify bladder Applications: 1) Exterior Wind-Cold Ma Huang promotes sweating (when there is none) Gui Zhi Gui Zhi acrid, warm promotes sweating Bai Shao sour, cool inhibits sweating (constrains Yin) = harmonizes Ying Qi and Wei Qi (exterior wind-cold with sweating) 2) Bi Syndrome Gui Zhi acrid, hot, HT, KD warms meridians, clears wind- Fu Zhi cold-damp obstruction 3) Fluid Accumulation (Edema) Gui Zhi acrid, sweet, warm raises Yang Qi Fu Ling sweet, bland, SP, KD tonifies SP, drains fluid 4) Chest Pain (Heart Yang Xu) Gui Zhi Gua Lou acrid invigorate HT and Lung Qi and Xie Bai Blood 5) Palpitations (Obstructive chest pain) Gui Zhi acrid, sweet Zhi Gan Cao sweet invigorate Yang Qi and HT Gin Sheng sweet, warm 6) Delayed Menstruation Gui Zhi acrid, sweet, warm invigorates Yang Qi Dang Gui acrid, sweet, warm invigorate /tonify blood

Rou Gui cinnamon bark Acrid, Sweet (only one in this group), HT, Lung, SP, ST 1) Warms the KD’s and fortifies the yang Hot (tonify yang qi, enhance the fire) 2) Leads the fire back to the source (heat above/cold below) 3) Disperses deep cold, warms the channels, unblocks the channels and vessels, alleviates pain (for deep cold causing qi stagnation or blood stasis) 4) Encourages the generation of qi and blood

Rou Gui cinnamon bark Acrid, Sweet (only one in this group), HT, Lung, SP, ST 1) Warms the KD’s and fortifies the yang Hot (tonify yang qi, enhance the fire) 2) Leads the fire back to the source (heat above/cold below) 3) Disperses deep cold, warms the channels, unblocks the channels and vessels, alleviates pain (for deep cold causing qi stagnation or blood stasis) 4) Encourages the generation of qi and blood

Rou Gui cinnamon bark Acrid, Sweet (only one in this group), HT, Lung, SP, ST 1) Warms the KD’s and fortifies the yang Hot (tonify yang qi, enhance the fire) 2) Leads the fire back to the source (heat above/cold below) 3) Disperses deep cold, warms the channels, unblocks the channels and vessels, alleviates pain (for deep cold causing qi stagnation or blood stasis) 4) Encourages the generation of qi and blood

Tonify HT Yang Warm/Acrid Release Exterior Gui Zhi cinnamon twig Acrid, Warm, Sweet HT, Lung, UB 1) Adjusts the nutritive and protective qi levels (Promotes sweating) 2) Warms the channels and disperses cold (Warms the meridians and enhances flow of Yang Qi) 3) Unblocks the yang and transforms the qi 4) Warms and facilitates the flow of yang qi 5) Warms and facilitates the flow in the blood vesels

Warm/Acrid Release Exterior Gui Zhi cinnamon twig Acrid, Warm, Sweet HT, Lung, UB 1) Adjusts the nutritive and protective qi levels (Promotes sweating) 2) Warms the channels and disperses cold (Warms meridians/enhances flow of Yang Qi) 3) Unblocks the yang and transforms the qi 4) Warms and facilitates the flow of yang qi 5) Warms and facilitates the flow in the blood vesels

Warm The Lung Warm/Acrid Release Exterior Gui Zhi cinnamon twig Acrid, Warm, Sweet HT, Lung, UB 1) Adjusts the nutritive and protective qi levels (Promotes sweating) 2) Warms the channels and disperses cold (Warms meridians and enhances flow of Yang Qi) 3) Unblocks the yang and transforms the qi 4) Warms and facilitates the flow of yang qi 5) Warms and facilitates the flow in the blood vesels

Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi, Ramulus Cinnamomi )

This herb is the tender twig of the evergreen tree Cinnamomum cassia Presl., of family Lauraceae. Tender twigs are usually cut off in spring, dried in the sun or in the shade, and cut into slices or sections. Properties: The herb is pungent and sweet in flavor, warm in nature and acting on heart, lung and urinary bladder meridians. Pungent and warm for dispersion and sweet for mild potency, without the shortcomings of hyperhidrosis damaging Yang, the herb is often used to treat exterior syndromes of both deficiency and excess types caused by pathogenic wind-cold. In addition, the herb can warm blood, invigorate pulse, reinforce Yang and promote qi flow. It is an important herb to treat pains due to cold, deficiency of Yang and water retention.

Effects: Inducing sweats to dispel exogenous pathogenic factors, warming the meridians to clear obstruction and reinforcing Yang to promote qi flow. Indications: 1. To treat exterior syndromes of deficiency type with symptoms of wind-cold, perspiration, aversion to wind, floating and slow pulse, the herb is used in combination with white peony root, to regulate Ying and Wei qi, inducing sweats and expelling pathogenic factors from muscles and skin. 2. To treat exterior syndromes of excess type with symptoms of wind-cold, aversion to cold, anhidrosis and floating and tense pulse, the herb can help ephedra induce sweats and dispel exogenous pathogenic factors. 3. The herb is often used in combination with notopterygium root, ledetouriella root and other herbs for dispelling wind, dampness, cold and alleviating pain, to treat arthralgia and pain in the limbs due to wind-cold. 4. Combined with evodia fruit, chuanxiong rhizome, Chinese angelica root and other herbs, it may treat women's illness of cold, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea and amenia. And with unripened bitter orange and macrostem onion for activating Yang, resolving lumps, and alleviating arthralgia and pain, it may treat insufficiency of chest-yang and chest pain due to qi blockage. 5. It is also used in combination with malt extract for warming the middle-jiao, restoring qi, dispersing cold and alleviating pain, to treat cold of deficiency type in the middle-jiao, cold pain in the stomach and abdomen, anorexia and loose bowel. When with white atractylodes rhizome and poria for warming Yang, promoting qi flow, strengthening the spleen and removing fluid retention, it may treat deficiency of the spleen-Yang, phlegm retention, dizziness and palpitation. And with umbellate pore fungus, poria, white atractylodes rhitome for reinforcing yang, promoting qi flow, inducing diuresis and removing edema to treat deficiency of Yang, disturbance in qi transformation, water retention, edema and difficulty in urination. Dosage and Administration: 3-10g. Precautions: Patients with Yin deficiency and excessive fire should be prohibited to use this herb, and women in pregnancy or with profuse menstruation should be careful to use it. Modern Researches: Cinnamon twig has the effects of anti-bacteria, clearing heat, relieving pain, tranquilizing and anti-convulsion. It can relax gastro-intestinal spasm to relieve pain and has the effect of strengthening the digestive function. In addition, it also has the effects of inhibiting influenza virus, arresting cough and inducing diuresis, etc.

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